Don’t throw out that overly ripe banana that’s been on your counter for too long—make my single serve banana bread! This is such an easy treat that comes together in a fraction of the time it takes to make a loaf of banana bread. It’s perfect for when you have a sweet craving for baked goods, but no patience to wait for a long bake time. Plus, who doesn’t love a single-serve dessert? Of course you could share this, but where’s the fun in that.
All you need is one very ripe banana (brown spots on the banana peel indicate over ripeness—a good thing in this recipe), a few kitchen staples, and 5 minutes of prep time. Whisk together the ingredients, pour the batter into a lined ramekin or any single-serve oven-safe dish, and wait 30 minutes for this incredible bread to bake up. I like to enjoy mine warm with a bit of powdered sugar dusted on top, or a scoop of ice cream if I’m feeling indulgent. Some completely optional, but delicious, additions to the batter include crushed walnuts, chocolate chips, or a spoonful of almond butter.
These single serve banana breads would make for an impressive spread at a brunch party. You can bake multiple ramekins on a large baking sheet, which allows you to easily transfer many individual dishes in and out of the oven at the same time.
Let us know in the comments below if you treat yourself to this sweet recipe!
Single Serve Banana Bread
- One 10 Ounce Ramekin (see link in recipe notes below)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar or sweetener of choice
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or any neutral oil)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons crushed walnuts (optional)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
- icing sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
- NOTE: The bake time will depend on the oven, so keep an eye on the bread as it bakes. It's ready when it no longer jiggles in the centre and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Peel and mash the banana in a bowl. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and sugar. Mix well.
- Add the oil, milk, flour, and baking soda, and mix. Optionally, stir in some crushed walnuts or chocolate chips.
- Spray and line a 10-ounce ramekin with parchment paper. Pour in the batter and tap to distribute evenly.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until fully set and a toothpick comes out dry.
- Let cool, dust with icing sugar, and enjoy!